Former UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw is the #1 ranked bantamweight in the UFC right now and he has been calling for a title shot since losing is last year.. Dillashaw's former teammate Cody Garbrandt won the UFC Bantamweight Title this past December at UFC 207, but Dillashaw believes the new champion is doing his best to avoid him.
“It’s funny because, he called me out right after the fight, because he knows that’s who he should be fighting,” Dillashaw said The MMA Hour. “But then in the press conference, he’ll talk about ‘oh, let’s get Cruz a rematch,’ and he says he wants to call out Aldo or McGregor? He knows he wants to do everything he can to avoid that fight. I’ve practiced with him a long time, he’s a good fighter, but he knows how tough that fight’s going to be.”
Dillashaw also reiterated something he said in his post-fight interview at UFC 207, which was that if he doesn’t get the next title shot, the UFC is 'rigged.'
“I believe it,” Dillashaw said. “I feel like I’ve done what I need to do to get a title shot. It’s just what it comes down to. I’m just going to speak the truth, and if people like it or don’t it’s the truth. I feel like I should be getting it, and really I’m hyped up even worse because I believe that Cruz was hand selecting his fights, that he wasn’t fighting the No. 1 guys so for me to put that out there is for me to say not to let Cruz hand pick his fights and make sure the No. 1 guys are fighting.”
Dillashaw defeated Renan Barao to win the championship and he would defend it twice before losing it to Dominick Cruz in 2016.